Use chat-based interviews for candidates all over the world, and avoid those awkward moments video can cause.
Video interviewing is a huge trend in recruiting. It not only saves you time, but it can also cut down on the costs associated with scheduling an in-person interview. If an applicant is applying for a job in a different state or country, it can significantly save money. In today’s world, not everyone will have the flexibility or personal finances available to travel for on-site interviews, especially if your hiring process requires several rounds. Best of all: there’s no waiting to get into the office, no commuting, and no sweaty handshakes.
But, at the end of the day, the question lingers: is video interviewing really all that great?
Unfortunately, there’s a different kind of awkwardness related to video. Just take a look at the BBC interview with the professor that went south when his children crashed in.
While discussing the impeachment of South Korea’s president, Professor Robert Kelly was suddenly interrupted when his two young children wandered into his office. The matter stopped being serious when his unaware kids and frantic wife took the scene. What an adorable blunder! Not for the professor, though. It went viral.
Job video interviews can be just as awkward. Think about it: do all candidates have access to a home office? That’s hardly the case. Some candidates may live in busy households, and others may live alone in tiny one-room apartments. Those backdrops can easily make or break an interview and leave candidates looking unprofessional.
Is there a way to avoid all these pitfalls? There is – chat interviews!
Why do chat interviews work?
People like to chat. WhatsApp, one of the most prominent mobile messengers, has over 1.2 billion monthly active users. As millennials have now surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, it’s time for us to adapt the hiring process to their preferences.
While it’s convenient for communicating with friends and family, it’s safe to say, you won’t be using WhatsApp for interviews. You’ll need a more professional platform, such as the one Brazen offers.
Through online chat events, you have the advantage of real-time messaging, while eliminating all the disadvantages of video conferences.
Even introverts will feel comfortable joining chat events. They’ll get to express their opinions without being afraid that their voices are cracking or their palms are sweating. When you chat, everything is simply more comfortable and more appropriate. And there are no network issues such as frozen video screens or poor video quality.
Thanks to services like Brazen, it’s easy for organizations to set up chat-based online interviews and other events. It’s quick, cheap, and takes less effort for the recruiter and candidate.
The future of interviews is in chat-based conversations – because you just don’t know when a parade of small children will enter from stage right!
Brenda Savoie is a content marketer at BestEssays, a private English tutor, and a dreamer. Find her on Twitter and Facebook
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